Fear is an emotion that most of us dread...it is that feeling in the pit of your stomach or that voice in your head telling you to stay away. Some times that feeling is warranted and does need to be listened to but most times you just need to laugh in the face of fear and do it any way.
I have had a couple of instances occur to me where I have ignored the fear and done it any way because deep down in my gut I knew it had to be done and amazing things have resulted.
The first is when I decided to quit my job in 2012, you may say that isn't scary but when you didn't have another job lined up and you wanted to change careers completely, well yes it was scary. The place I worked was not a nice place to work, it had such a negative feel about it and I was always coming home stressed an upset, I knew something to change. Now look at me, I work completely for myself and have never been happier in a job before. Laugh in the face of fear was the best thing that I have ever done.
The second instance of me ignoring the fear I felt was signing up for an online business course not that long ago. Big deal you may be thinking but this course costs over $2,000 and is only an 8 week course. Mind you I'm not rich and don't make huge amounts of money so $2,000 is a lot to invest in something that I didn't know that much about. The enrolment closing time was 11pm this particular day and I signed up at 10:45pm.
I had been receiving emails about this course from a couple of my favourite bloggers who have completed the course and something was telling me to do it but then fear would creep in and say to me "you can't afford this" "you shouldn't be spending this much money on an yourself" and so my inner voice keep yapping away with all the reasons I shouldn't do this course. But the night of the enrolment close time I was fidgeting and couldn't relax, I knew my intuition was telling me to sign up because something great will come from it but the fear I felt was holding me back. I sat down in front of my laptop filled in all my details and sat there staring at the screen...then I just clicked ENROL. Arrrggghhh I had just committed! I was shitting myself to be honest.
I am now in week five of the course and I am loving it, I have learnt so much that will help my business grow the way I want it too. You will see my website has progressed over the past few weeks with little tweaks here and there, my blog posts are frequent and regular, my mentor for this course is Melissa Ambrosini who most of you will know is a favourite blogger of mine (I am off to Sydney to attend her workshop in a few weeks) and many other little behind the scenes things are happening. It was such a great investment and I haven't even finished the course yet.
The point of this post is I want you to realise that fear is not always warranted and it can stop you from doing amazing things. They say 'life begins at the end of your comfort zone' and that is exactly what fear is preventing you from doing...living!
Fear is happy and content when you are doing the same thing day in and day out, but sometimes you need to listen to your intuition and laugh in the face of fear. I promise you amazing things will happen and new experiences will come your way that you never thought possible if you push past with your head held high.
When has fear shown up for you and stopped you from doing something? What do you think would have happened if you pushed past fear and embraced it? Share with me in the comments below, I would love to hear your story.
Be happy & healthy,